Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
My worst subject in school was history. I hated it. I didn’t see the point. I didn’t want to know. Only now do I have an appreciation for history and a craving to know all those things I once found so pointless. Needless to say my knowledge of Russian history pre-WWII was quite poor, practically non-existent. After reading this book I feel pretty caught up with Russian and European history during the reign of Catherine the Great.
While this truly is a portrait of Catherine, every person is molded by their era, surroundings and circumstances, all of which is detailed here. This is a dense, detailed read. And I don’t mean dense as a negative. There is a lot of rich detail here which makes you want to read slowly so you don’t miss a thing.
For all fans of history – there is something here to engage every reader.